I read a posting in Front Porch Forum just now about a collection of warm hats and gloves and socks for homeless people on December 21st, which is apparently National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, in honor of those who have died homeless. An important cause! I passed a guy sitting in a doorway today on Church Street, and I felt really bad that I didn’t have any spare change to give him. It’s really cold out there tonight! I hope everyone has found space in a shelter or somewhere else warm to sleep.
So, anyway, it inspired me to start knitting a wool hat to bring to the collection drive. I’ve completed a couple of inches already. Plenty of time before the 21st to finish it. Maybe I’ll go buy some wool socks from the “sox market” too. And Uncommon Grounds, where you’re supposed to bring donations, is also giving out free coffee, which is really nice of them. And they have yummy coffee.
So, yeah. It feels good to be inspired by this, and I hope that the hat I make will end up on someone’s head and that it will keep their ears warm.
Here’s the original post…
Give the Gift of Warmth and Get a FREE Hot Coffee! Across the nation, December 21st is recognized as the National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. This day serves as a time to remember our neighbors who have died homeless during the year.
On this first day of winter and the longest day of the year, the Community Health Center of Burlington (CHCB) and Uncommon Grounds have partnered to take action and to not only remember those who have died, but to help ensure that those who continue to struggle with homelessness have at least a warm pair of socks, gloves and a hat.
Bring in a new pair of warm/wool socks, gloves, or a hat to Uncommon Grounds, located at 42 Church Street, between 7 am – 8 pm on Monday, December 21st and receive a free small coffee. Hot, freshly brewed coffee, donated by Uncommon Grounds, will also be served to CHCB’s homeless patients during the day at the Safe Harbor Clinic.
Please take the time on Monday when you drive down Main Street and see the big purple ribbon on the memorial tree on the lawn of the Fletcher Free Library to pause and remember those who have died homeless this year; and if you’re on Church Street finishing up your holiday shopping, please stop by Uncommon Grounds to donate a new pair of socks/gloves/hat and warm up with a free cup of coffee.
For more information about the Community Health Center or their Homeless Health Care services visit http://www.chcb.org Thank you!